The Whipping Boy Novel Unit for Grades 4-6 Common Core Aligned

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The Whipping Boy is the perfect novel to share with your upper elementary to middle school students for so many reasons...
the figurative language, the plot, and the idea that the "grass is always greener."

This Whipping Boy print and go novel unit with lesson plans and answer key contains the following:
• lesson plans for immediate implementation
• character analysis
• 7-pages of context clue word work
• 20-pages of reader response questions
• 2-pages of figurative language work
• 3-post-reading journal prompts
• Venn diagram for compare and contrast work
• an end of novel project idea to engage students from beginning to end.

Summary of the The Whipping Boy:
Prince Horace aka Prince Brat is the worst. He plays pranks on everyone, refuses to learn to read or write, and then decides to take his whipping boy, Jemmy, on a runaway adventure. After being captured by hooligan highwaymen and having a day of dangerous adventure, the boys become friends and return safely to the castle.

This novel will have your students seeing that friendships can come out of peculiar relationships and that wealth doesn't bring happiness.

This novel is a must read and this is the perfect resource to engage your readers.

Novel not included, but FYI:

Interest Level
Grades 4-6
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 4
Lexile® Measure: 570L
DRA: 40
Guided Reading: R
Type of Book: Chapter Book

Comedy and Humor
Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Courage, Bravery, Heroism
Just Rewards
Friends and Friendship



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Total Pages
57 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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